Treat every day like Earth Day!
Since this planet is the only home we’ve got, it’s in each of our hands to honour it through the conscious daily choices we make. Whether you’re new to natural or the queen of green, Earth month is the perfect time to take stock of your routines and their impact on the planet.
Every little bit counts and when you consciously care for yourself, you also inspire wellness and healing for your community and our planet. So, let’s take a look at our routines and make some simple swaps, with a big impact!
1. Power Down
Use only what you need! Power down all water- and electricity-consuming objects until you need to use them. Unplug appliances or electronics, if possible, to avoid unnecessary consumption. This includes your vehicle – stop idling!
#YLTip: Give your diffuser a break and roll on your favourite essentials instead! Try this focus inspiring blend of mint and citrus:
Combine oils in a 10 ml roller bottle, top with V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil, seal and apply.
2. Green Your Clean
Conventional household cleaners may contain harmful ingredients for your skin and lungs, impacting the smallest members of your family the most – not to mention the harmful environmental impact once you wash them down the drain!
Choose plant- and mineral-based alternatives like Thieves® Household Cleaner to keep your family and our planet safe.
Did you know? One bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner is equivalent to 17 bottles of 765 ml all-purpose cleaner! Read more.
3. Bring Your Own
Think of all the everyday items you already own that can reduce your consumption, on-the-go!
- Water bottles
- Coffee cups
- Reusable bags
- Even straws!
Plus, save money – many businesses offer discounts to those that bring their own reusable alternatives!
4. Simple (Soap) Swaps
Conventional soaps and detergents contain chemicals that are harmful to fish and other aquatic wildlife.
Lather up with plant-based, hand soaps like Lushious Lemon Foaming Hand Soap, a natural cleanser infused with the uplifting scent of Lemon, that will leave your hands feeling soft and refreshed!
#YLTip: The container is refillable and reusable! Simply top up with Lushious Lemon Foaming Hand Soap, Refill when you run out!
Try Thieves® Laundry Soap for a safe, natural clean without harsh chemical or synthetic residues. Natural enzymes and powerful essential oils leave your laundry fresh and clean, with a light citrus scent!
Did you know? You can wash up to 64 loads of laundry with just one bottle of Thieves Laundry Soap!
5. Car Free Days
Fewer vehicles on the road means less air pollution and more money in your pocket. Plus, it’s never been easier to be car-free! Between carpooling, public transit and apps that allow you to rideshare or rent bikes and scooters, you have unlimited planet-friendly ways to get from A to B.
6. Go Paperless
Think about how much paper you can save by getting bills, bank statements and pay cheques delivered electronically! It’s a simple switch with the power to save a (literal) ton of paper and water each year.
7. Grow Your Green Thumb
Houseplants help regulate the temperature in your home by releasing moisture into the air, reducing the energy required to heat and cool your home and helping you breathe a little easier too.
Plus, growing edible plants helps save money and reduce food waste. Apartment and small space-dwellers have no excuse – a simple herb garden on your windowsill is the perfect way to grow your green thumb!
8. Take a Hike
An empowering way to celebrate our planet is to get out and explore it! Whether you’re sticking close to home or venturing to wilder pastures, simply lace up, walk and soak up your surroundings.
#YLTip: Try a DIY Deep Relief Muscle Rub for natural relief from sore joints and muscles post-hike!
What you need
- 1/4 cup almond oil
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp. beeswax
- 20 drops Deep Relief
- Over medium heat combine almond oil, coconut oil and beeswax.
- Heat until contents are fully melted and mixed, whisking every few minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes before adding Deep Relief, whisking to combine.
- Scoop contents into a glass jar and let cool for about one hour or until mixture is solidified.
- Apply as often as desired! Store in a cool, dark place.
9. Purify the Air
Cut aerosol out of your life for good and opt for Earth-and human-friendly alternatives instead!
Diffuse Purification®, an ultra-purifying blend Citronella, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Lavandin and Myrtle to rid your space of stale, unwanted odours. Or add a drop or two to a cotton ball and pop into a garbage can, gym bag or anywhere in need of freshening!
10. Green-over Your Beauty Routine
Get the most out of the products in your makeup bag! When you stock up on natural, multipurpose essentials you maximize their benefits and minimize your waste – a win for your wallet, your wellness and our planet!
Try Tea Tree – a staple essential oil, packed with beauty benefits!
- Deodorize naturally: Combine 20-30 drops Tea Tree with 3 tablespoons coconut oil (melted). Stir well then place in the freezer overnight to solidify. Remove and apply once per day or as often as needed. Store in a cool dark place.
- Reduce appearance of blemishes: Add a drop or two to your face or body wash and use as normal. Combine a drop with face lotion and apply all over or as a spot treatment.
- Soothe your scalp: Add a drop or two to your conditioner. Apply as normal, massaging into your scalp. Let sit for a couple of minutes and rinse.
#YLTip: Clean makeup brushes with Thieves Foaming Hand Soap or Household Cleaner! Combine 1 teaspoon of either product with hot water. Add makeup brushes and let soak for up to an hour. Remove, rinse well and dry!
As stewards of the Earth, it’s each of our duty to sustainably manage our impact. So, let’s get serious about recycling! Read more.
Honour the Earth with clean products for health and home with April’s PV rewards! Learn more.
What daily steps do you take to care for our planet? Share in the comments below!